My approach is relational using an integrative perspective. I work with an adult, adolescent or child to find out what is important, both expressed and implicit. I aim to help you understand yourself better, mentalise emotional states and feel more empowered to tackle your issues or difficult situations, so that you feel able to experience joy and feel at peace. My work with children of primary school age includes parents and carers as well as school staff to provide a holistic assessment of strategy and reappraisal alongside working with the child’s internal world.
As well as talking therapy, I use art, visual or sound imagery, play and other creative methods to those who wish to use them. I also focus on body sensations and the use of breathing where appropriate.
I abide by the UKCP code of ethics and receive regular supervision and professional development.
I have been working as a child psychotherapist and school counsellor for over 15 years, as well as seeing private adult and adolescent clients. I have experience in a number of different primary schools helping children with a wide variety of issues such as anxiety, behaviour problems, bullying, domestic abuse, depression, parental separation, gender and other issues.
I am a supervisor to school counsellors, private Child Psychotherapists and groups of Mental Health and Wellbeing practitioners. I run training sessions for school staff and other workers on topics such as attachment, gender identity or dysphoria, relaxation.
I have worked in special schools with autism, severe and profound learning difficulties and non-verbal children aged from 4 to 19.
Before that I was a teacher in Further Education in Hackney and Tower Hamlets helping young people and adults gain Access and other qualifications in psychology and biology for university entrance.
I have a wide experience and interest in cultural and ethnic diversity as well as other differences such as those of gender and sexual orientation.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.